Firas Al-Karad arrested again in Deraa

first_img Help by sharing this information July 30, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Firas Al-Karad arrested again in Deraa News Firas Al-Karad, a blogger who was arrested and tortured in March, was arrested again in Deraa. center_img Organisation RSF_en last_img

Partner Nations Complete PKO-Americas 2012 with US Army South

first_img Peacekeeping Operations-Americas (PKO-A) 2012 came to a successful conclusion as U.S. Army South, the Chilean Army and 14 other partner nations marked the occasion during a closing ceremony in Santiago in mid May. “As partners in this hemisphere, we all share common interests and our concerns regarding security are closely aligned,” said Ambassador Alejandro Daniel Wolff, the U.S. Ambassador to Chile. “Natural disasters and humanitarian crises are a real threat, and challenges like these require that we have a committed and common focus. Joint work is key since it provides security and stability that is long lasting.” U.S. Army South, as the Army service component command of U.S. Southern Command, conducts the annual PKO-A exercise in support of U.N. peacekeeping initiatives in Central and South America and the Caribbean. PKO-A 2012 was conducted in four phases which took place this year in Chile and the Dominican Republic March 19 – May 11. The first phase of PKO-A 2012 was a battalion-level training event conducted March 19 – 23 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The second phase was a junior leaders’ training event April 2 – 6 in Fort Aguayo, Chile, and the third phase was a senior leader staff seminar in Santiago, Chile, April 30 – May 2. The final phase was a command post exercise also conducted in Santiago from May 7 – 11. Participants had an exceptional opportunity to train together with partner nations which included more than 300 representatives from Chile and the United States as well as Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. “Having representatives from throughout the region shows how well organized this exercise has been and how useful it is to conduct exercises of this kind,” said Chilean Minister of Defense Andrés Allamand. “When we talk about peacekeeping operations, we’re talking about preserving human lives, a common desire for all of us.” PKO-A also included observers and representatives from the U.N., the Conference of American Armies, the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC), the Conference of Central American Armed Forces and individual representatives from the countries of Indonesia, Mongolia and Spain. “The participation of advisors and experts from throughout the world have added a significant meaning to our efforts and together we have improved the preparation of our forces in a way that they can support peacekeeping operations in the future,” said Wolff. Partnering with military counterparts from around the world was a highlight for many participants. “Just the fact that we’re bringing together people from (various) nations like this is money in the bank as far as strengthening our partnerships and cooperating,” said Maj. Cris Simon, a U.S. Army officer assigned to WHINSEC. “It’s a phenomenal exercise and you can tell by the participants’ professionalism that each country sends its best and brightest.” Guatemalan Maj. William Barrios, deputy director of the Central American Peace Operations Training Center in Coban, Guatemala, said the exchange of information and knowledge, especially on a personal level, was important. “Working on a personal level really helps,” said Barrios who has deployed to peacekeeping operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in Haiti. “While the U.N. doctrine might be common to us all, we each have our own doctrines that may differ. Even small things can create a challenge so we try to find a solution while we’re here. I have noticed a big improvement in our ability to work together since the start of the exercise.” Barrios’ teammate, Brazilian army Col. Henrique Nolasco, agreed about the effectiveness of working side-by-side with partner nation counterparts. “It’s very beneficial when we’re able to get together with our partners to do joint work while trying to react to common challenges,” said Nolasco. “Training together gives you more knowledge in order to be more effective at your job.” The multinational exercise supports the U.S. Department of State’s Global Peace Operations Initiative, which encourages peacekeeping efforts in Central and South America and the Caribbean. This initiative develops and enhances national training capabilities and equips potential peacekeeping units for deployment. By Dialogo June 04, 2012last_img read more

Allen: Reds must not ease off

first_imgMidfielder Joe Allen insists Liverpool will not underestimate anyone during the title run-in. “It is always difficult to establish yourself at a club like Liverpool when the competition for places is so great,” he added. “That is a big part of our success this season, everyone has added something different to the team. “This season we have moved on, we have shifted a lot of ground in terms of how the team works and the self-belief is there for everyone to see. “Every time we step out on the field we have the confidence to win matches.” “There will be talk about those games (Chelsea and City) but there are three points up for grabs in every game, and every team we play are likely to have a lot to play for,” the Wales midfielder said ahead of Tottenham’s visit on Sunday. “We are excited to be where we are, we are working really hard and are hungry to keep this run we are on going, but we have tough games from now until the end of the season so we have to keep fighting till the end. “Until the very end anything is possible so we have to keep our focus and keep a strong mentality. “Games like the one against Sunderland make us realise we can’t be complacent for a second. “Every team in this league is capable of hurting you and until the very death against Sunderland there was no moment when we felt we had the game completely wrapped up. “We are our own worst critics and we will look at the performance and see where we can do better. “We showed we were able to scrap it out, which is a strong ability to have.” Allen has started the last three matches – having made just eight starts prior to that run this season – but admits he can never take his place for granted. A 2-1 victory over struggling Sunderland, the Reds’ seventh successive win, highlighted how their remaining seven matches will not be plain sailing. And while the focus is on the visits to Anfield of leaders Chelsea and Manchester City, Allen stressed Brendan Rodgers’ second-placed side could not afford to be complacent against any team as a further seven wins are required if they are to stand any chance of lifting the title. Press Associationlast_img read more

Duo make Villa returns

first_img Skipper Vlaar (knee) and Cissokho (ankle) were not risked in Wednesday’s 1-0 Capital One Cup defeat to Leyton Orient. Jores Okore (knee) is also sidelined although he is only expected to be out for a number of days. Brad Guzan will replace Shay Given in goal after being rested in midweek. Ron Vlaar and Aly Cissokho will return for Aston Villa for the Barclays Premier League visit of Hull. Meanwhile, boss Paul Lambert has revealed striker Darren Bent is not for sale in what appears to be a huge transfer U-turn. The £24million record signing looked to have no future under Lambert when he lost the captaincy in 2012 and was sent on loan to Fulham last season. However, Bent is back in the squad this year, along with former outcast Alan Hutton, with chairman Randy Lerner keen for Lambert to use the top earners rather than waste a wage. And with Christian Benteke and Libor Kozak recovering from serious long-term injuries, Lambert will resist any interest in Bent ahead of Monday’s transfer deadline. “I do expect him to be here at the end of the transfer window,” said Lambert, who has been linked with Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley. “You would keep Darren. As I said before, you do what’s right for Aston Villa. “No one will go until I say so. You keep all your players and I don’t see us letting anyone go right now. “Nobody will leave without me saying. I don’t think any player like that will move. Darren’s here and nobody will be going.” Hull’s new signing Michael Dawson could make an immediate debut as the Tigers look to put their Europa League disappointment behind them. Dawson swapped Tottenham for the Tigers on Tuesday, having been on Hull boss Steve Bruce’s radar all summer. In doing so, he followed in the footsteps of sibling Andy, who spent 10 years with the club and represented them in all four professional divisions. When Spurs visited East Yorkshire last season the 30-year-old was told in no uncertain terms he was a poor man’s version of their cult hero, but that all changed when he was paraded on the pitch at half-time on Thursday’ against Lokeren. “It was all light-hearted (last season). Had Spurs not been 1-0 down at the time I might have given the fans a wave, but it was all good fun,” he said. “The reception I got on Thursday night was massive, it was a massive welcome and I am looking forward to repaying them for signing me and I’m sure the fans will be right behind me. “Obviously Andy had 10 years at this football club and had a great career here. He played in every league for them. Now it’s down to me to get on with my own career and perform, and I’m sure he will be here supporting me and Hull City whenever he can. “I’m excited to get started now.” Dawson would be a like-for-like replacement for James Chester, who is suspended after last week’s red card against Stoke. Manager Steve Bruce made six changes for the midweek clash against Lokeren and should restore the likes of Tom Huddlestone, Nikica Jelavic, Andrew Robertson and Tom Ince to his starting XI. Press Associationlast_img read more